The Dodgers completed a storybook Honesdale Little Baseball Association season Thursday night with an electrifying 3-2 victory over Elegante. Coach Scott Kinzinger's squad finished up the Senior Division campaign with a 16-1 overall record.
Wayne Bank put the finishing touches on a storybook HLBA season Thursday night at Fred Reisch Memorial Field.
The Dodgers needed all seven innings to defeat Elegante and claim the Senior Division play-off championship.
Under the direction of longtime Coach Scott Kinzinger, the Dodgers scored one run in the seventh to bring the ‘08 season to an electrifying conclusion.
With the win, Wayne Bank finished up the campaign with a sterling record of 16-1. Elegante, coached by Greg Adams, ended the season at 10-7.
As has been the case all year long, Wayne Bank pitchers set the tone for this game early on.
Nick Maritato drew the starting nod and looked overpowering. The fireballing lefty would work four innings against the Giants. He did not surrender a hit while striking out 10 and walking six.
Maritato was opposed by Elegante starter Spencer Beals. The wily righthander turned in a solid performance, but eventually absorbed the loss.
Wayne Bank broke out on top with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Pat Hart reached on a single and then trotted home two batters later when Maritato hammered a two-run homer.
Elegante cut that early lead in half in the top of the second.
Kyle Carney led off the frame with a walk. He moved up on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored the Giants’ first run on a passed ball.
Elegante tied the game in the fifth with another display of aggressive baserunning.
Adam Kelly coaxed a free pass from Wayne Bank reliever Kevin Miller. The Giants’ speed demon then stole second, took third on a passed ball and scurried home on an error.
Over & Out
Miller was nearly as impressive as Maritato on the hill. Kevin allowed the Giants’ only basehit of the game, a clean safety off the bat of Nick Casazza.
Miller issued just two free passes in three innings and fanned seven. However, Coach Kinzinger elected to bring Maritato back late in the contest.
Nick retired the Giants without incident in the top of the seventh, then sat back and hoped for that one crucial run. Maritato’s prayers were answered in the bottom half of the frame.
Hart opened with a double, then moved to third on a walk and hit batter. Jonathan Gillow played the hero’s role, plating Pat with a season-ending sacrifice fly to deep center.
Score by Innings...
Giants 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - 2
Dodgers 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 3